Pollock's Toy Museum

Pollock's Toy Museum Po***ck’s Toy Museum is a museum and small toy shop housed in two atmospheric historic buildings in London’s Fitzrovia. Po***ck's Toy Museum is located, Fitzrovia in the West End of London, housed in two atmospheric 18th and 19th century buildings.

The collection was begun in 1956 by Marguerite & Kenneth Fawdry and is run by the Fawdry family to this day.

The collection is an eclectic mix of curios, each room filled with unique cases displaying toys from the past. Tin toys, teddy bears, dolls houses, puppets, optical toys and games from around the world adorn the winding staircases and creaking rooms. At the heart of the Museum is its ext

The collection was begun in 1956 by Marguerite & Kenneth Fawdry and is run by the Fawdry family to this day.

The collection is an eclectic mix of curios, each room filled with unique cases displaying toys from the past. Tin toys, teddy bears, dolls houses, puppets, optical toys and games from around the world adorn the winding staircases and creaking rooms. At the heart of the Museum is its ext

Operating as usual

We are very excited to announce Magic Lantern performances and workshops coming up at the end of October with @frogmorri...
28/09/2021

We are very excited to announce Magic Lantern performances and workshops coming up at the end of October with @frogmorris and @nicole.mollett 🎆🎇🌌 Booking now open through our website (link in bio).

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👉🏽29th and 30th Oct @ 6:30pm & 8:00pm
Magic Lantern Shows: Join us for a performative tour of Po***ck’s and wonder at what happens in the toy museum when the lights go out…

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👉🏼28th Oct @ 10-11am & 11:30-12:30pm
Magic Lantern Workshops (6yrs and Under): Make your own magic lantern slides using acetate, collage, pens and 💡light!

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👉🏾28th October @2-4pm Magic Lantern Workshop (7 yrs and Over): An autumnal afternoon workshop making magic lantern slides using paints, glass (or acetate)!

Read more and book on our website ✨

Last month we were lucky enough to be joined by a wonderful intern @elliexwilcock! Ellie worked with our curator to cons...
18/09/2021

Last month we were lucky enough to be joined by a wonderful intern @elliexwilcock! Ellie worked with our curator to conserve, catalogue and research our collection including some new items recently donated to us by the @vamuseum!

Here are some details of the two cases Ellie curated and developed. Their wonderful composition of objects and insightful interpretations make them a lovely addition to the Museum displays. The first is a case all about objects you’d find in a school room through the years.

Ellie also interviewed Jack about his #snoopydog which is in the 60s and 70s case. At Po***ck’s we always try to document the personal story behind any toys on show! Thank you Ellie! ✨

💂🏼‍♀️Here’s Jack holding a print from the original 1850 zinc plates for the play, “Battle of Alma”. At Po***cks we have ...
02/09/2021

💂🏼‍♀️Here’s Jack holding a print from the original 1850 zinc plates for the play, “Battle of Alma”. At Po***cks we have a print studio and Jack is also a printmaker. Check his work out at @jackfawdrytatham!

💂🏾‍♂️Jack handles the original plates with care and has printed a limited run of the sheets from this play and they’re for sale in the Museum shop.

💂🏻‍♂️The textures and details of the design by Toy Theatre Printmaker, Mr Green, come through in these facsimiles in a way that digital printing can’t always capture.

#toytheatre #printmaking #londonlife #craft #traditionalcraft #printmaker #ink #toyshop #fitzrovia

Hello everyone! We have just stocked our shop with loads of traditional scraps! So lovely for decoration, scrapbooking, ...
31/08/2021

Hello everyone! We have just stocked our shop with loads of traditional scraps! So lovely for decoration, scrapbooking, card making, decoupage and more! I especially like the the cats 🐈

Plus a glorious range of theatrical masks 🎭 for putting on performances, role play games and parties! All available in our Museum Shop in Fitzrovia ✨

#victorian #scraps #traditional #scrapbooking #découpage #pollocks #cardmaking

Thanks to all the brilliant 6-11 year olds we had at our Toy Theatre Making workshop today! Everyone worked so hard and ...
18/08/2021

Thanks to all the brilliant 6-11 year olds we had at our Toy Theatre Making workshop today! Everyone worked so hard and made such lovely theatres!

We are running this workshop again next week on Wednesday 25th August 2-4pm. Only 4 tickets remaining! £15 and you get to take your own theatre and play book home 🎭⭐️🎊 Book on our website. Link in insta bio 🔝

✨At the Fête on Saturday we had some Toy Theatre performances performed by members of the Po***ck’s Museum Trust!✨Today ...
18/08/2021

✨At the Fête on Saturday we had some Toy Theatre performances performed by members of the Po***ck’s Museum Trust!

✨Today and next Wednesday 25th we are running the “For Kids: Making the Toy Theatre” workshops to keep this tradition alive! Today is SOLD OUT but next Wednesday we have 4 places remaining! Link in bio for more info and to book!

✨Workshop is 2-4pm led by Emily and Jack in the Museum. We will be learning how to construct, decorate and perform a Toy Theatre 🎭

We had many special guests at the fète including the pearly king of Forest hill and the Pearly Queen of the Old Kent Roa...
17/08/2021

We had many special guests at the fète including the pearly king of Forest hill and the Pearly Queen of the Old Kent Road and Bow Bells. So lovely to meet them and have there beautiful pearls grace the street of Fitzrovia.
Thank's to all who helped put on such a happy day.

#fizroviafète #fizrovia #pollockstoymuseum #londonmuseum #Londonlife #

🎉THANK YOU🎊to every adult, child, puppet, pirate, fairy and theatrical character that attended the #FitzroviaFete on Sat...
16/08/2021

🎉THANK YOU🎊to every adult, child, puppet, pirate, fairy and theatrical character that attended the #FitzroviaFete on Saturday! We were so excited to see so many of you (approx 750 pairs of feet bustled through hooking ducks, dancing and making art!).

Thank you to all the stall holders and performers The Valentinos Band @the_illusioneer Robert Styles #punch&judy @emmacarlow @skindbergia @oconnell_paddy @nicky_munyama @kaficafe @gigsfishandchips @ninarubygoodyer @alexmaglalangbarrow @alice__mac @joana.galego @fitzroviacentre @willpowersmakes @seetul_illustrates @creativewomenshub (let me know if I’ve forgotten you oops!) 😘

#camden #communityevent #playing #punchandjudy #magic #streetparty #pollockstoymuseum

🎉THANK YOU🎊to every adult, child, puppet, pirate, fairy and theatrical character that attended the #FitzroviaFete on Saturday! We were so excited to see so many of you (approx 750 pairs of feet bustled through hooking ducks, dancing and making art!).

Thank you to all the stall holders and performers The Valentinos Band @the_illusioneer Robert Styles #punch&judy @emmacarlow @skindbergia @oconnell_paddy @nicky_munyama @kaficafe @gigsfishandchips @ninarubygoodyer @alexmaglalangbarrow @alice__mac @joana.galego @fitzroviacentre @willpowersmakes @seetul_illustrates @creativewomenshub (let me know if I’ve forgotten you oops!) 😘

#camden #communityevent #playing #punchandjudy #magic #streetparty #pollockstoymuseum

🎟🃏We are getting EXCITED about tomorrow! Hope to see you some of the facebook community at the Fête 12-5pm. A few tips f...
13/08/2021

🎟🃏We are getting EXCITED about tomorrow! Hope to see you some of the facebook community at the Fête 12-5pm. A few tips for those already planning on attending the WONDERFUL & FREE event:

-The best way to get to us is by public transport, bike, walking or rocking horse. If you must come by car, avoid Tottenham Court Road (inc crossing it) as there is a protest which plans to pass through it tomorrow,

-Bring cash (loose change where possible!

-Dress up if you like! Pirates, fairies, Harlequins, clowns...all welcome!

-Check the timings for each activity/performance here-

www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/pollock-s-fitrovia-fete

See you there!

🎟🃏We are getting EXCITED about tomorrow! Hope to see you some of the facebook community at the Fête 12-5pm. A few tips for those already planning on attending the WONDERFUL & FREE event:

-The best way to get to us is by public transport, bike, walking or rocking horse. If you must come by car, avoid Tottenham Court Road (inc crossing it) as there is a protest which plans to pass through it tomorrow,

-Bring cash (loose change where possible!

-Dress up if you like! Pirates, fairies, Harlequins, clowns...all welcome!

-Check the timings for each activity/performance here-

www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/pollock-s-fitrovia-fete

See you there!

Just had an important #hookaduck team meeting involving finessing the design, brainstorming strategy & finalising prizes...
13/08/2021

Just had an important #hookaduck team meeting involving finessing the design, brainstorming strategy & finalising prizes. Big decisions in time for the #FitzroviaFete tomorrow 12-5pm! Hook-a-duck will be run by local kids who are so helpful and humorous! Join us!🐥🪝

We still have FREE tickets available for the Fête. Pre-book on our website-

https://www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/pollock-s-fitrovia-fete

👉🏼Next week Wednesday 18th August we have our first “Making the Toy Theatre” workshop!🎉👉🏿Join us from 2-4pm and learn ho...
10/08/2021

👉🏼Next week Wednesday 18th August we have our first “Making the Toy Theatre” workshop!🎉

👉🏿Join us from 2-4pm and learn how to make your own toy theatre! We’ll be colouring in, cutting out and sharing the wonderful technique of “tinselling” with you!

👉🏼We will also have a play with performing a show at the end of the session and you can take your creation home to perform to your friends & family!

👉🏾Read more on the event page of our website (link in bio). We are running two separate sessions (18th and 25th) and spaces are limited so book now! 🎟

👉🏼Next week Wednesday 18th August we have our first “Making the Toy Theatre” workshop!🎉

👉🏿Join us from 2-4pm and learn how to make your own toy theatre! We’ll be colouring in, cutting out and sharing the wonderful technique of “tinselling” with you!

👉🏼We will also have a play with performing a show at the end of the session and you can take your creation home to perform to your friends & family!

👉🏾Read more on the event page of our website (link in bio). We are running two separate sessions (18th and 25th) and spaces are limited so book now! 🎟

Here we’re sharing how the 7000 objects in our Museum collection inspires artists today! Emily Fairlie Baker is an artis...
06/08/2021

Here we’re sharing how the 7000 objects in our Museum collection inspires artists today!

Emily Fairlie Baker is an artist who took particular interest in our tin and pewter scenes, taking inspiration for her works titled, “Bodice of Burning Buildings” and “Slower Times”.

Emily also makes Dutch Peg Dolls, a toy very close to our heart! Here she is making some traditional dolls and then a more modern interpretation currently on display at @155a_gallery as part of her show with @bobbyefermie called “Soft Shadows”! The show is open 6-22nd August and we recommend a visit! 💫✨

Image Credits:
1. Tin/Pewter “May Day” Scene from the collection,
2. Tin/Pewter German village scene with some buildings on fire!
3. “Bodice of Burning Buildings” by @emilyfairliebaker and “Snake Charmer & Tigress” by @bobbyefermie
4. Close up of “Bodice of Burning Buildings”
5. Clockwise from top left “Bird Song”, “Bird Song 2”, “The Table is Set by @bobbyefermie and “Slower Times” by @emilyfairliebaker
6. “Hope” by @emilyfairliebaker
7. “Slower Times” by @emilyfairliebaker
8 & 9. Emily making Dutch Peg Dolls
10. “Mermaid” and “Embrace” by @emilyfairliebaker

🍭The Po***ck's Fitzrovia Féte is fast approaching! Read about it in the @Fitzrovia News here-https://fitzrovianews.com/2...
06/08/2021
Museum event will reclaim the streets for imaginative play - Fitzrovia News

🍭The Po***ck's Fitzrovia Féte is fast approaching! Read about it in the @Fitzrovia News here-

https://fitzrovianews.com/2021/08/03/museum-event-will-reclaim-the-street-for-imaginative-play/

A day of play, art workshops, magic and puppet shows await you for FREE! Pre-book on our website and plan your visit-

https://www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/events 🎟

A museum in Fitzrovia will host a playing-in-the-street event this August, turning back the clock to a pre-digital world of fun.

💎Pearly Kings&Queens are a beautiful part of London's culture. We’re pleased to announce that Doreen, the pearly Queen o...
26/07/2021

💎Pearly Kings&Queens are a beautiful part of London's culture. We’re pleased to announce that Doreen, the pearly Queen of Old Kent rd & Bow Bells, is attending the FREE #FitzroviaFete to give our pearly dolls a run for their money!

Pre-book the Féte on Saturday 14th August 12-5pm for free https://tinyurl.com/2k89nvub 💎

P.s/ Props go to anyone who can suggest an emoji that looks most like a pearl or suggests pearly kings and queens the most? I was looking at the cricket ball but feel like there's a better one hidden somewhere...🏐

🎩Next act to announce for the #FitzroviaFéte is The Illusioneer - home of magic and illusion! The South London based #ma...
24/07/2021

🎩Next act to announce for the #FitzroviaFéte is
The Illusioneer - home of magic and illusion! The South London based #magicians will appear at the Féte to mystify our minds!🃏

🕴Pre-book for free on our website-https://tinyurl.com/2k89nvub😲🤫

🛶⚓️Ahoy there! There are sharks, shipwrecks and sea monsterscoming to Fitzrovia!Join the pirate crew of children’s book ...
23/07/2021

🛶⚓️Ahoy there! There are sharks, shipwrecks and sea monsters
coming to Fitzrovia!

Join the pirate crew of children’s book author, illustrator
and pirate captain Sally Kindberg and draw a pirates’ treasure
map at the #FitzroviaFéte on the 14th August! Meet some fearsome pirates and invent some of your own. Mouldy ship’s biscuits not included!

Sally will have copies of her book "Draw It! Pirates" published by Bloomsbury, and her "Hand Book of Hopes and Dreams" will be on sale at Po***cks ToyMuseum shop!

Pre-book for free on our website https://tinyurl.com/2k89nvub

Here's a photo from the '80s of #punchandjudy professor, Robert Styles, performing one of his first shows outside Po***c...
21/07/2021

Here's a photo from the '80s of #punchandjudy professor, Robert Styles, performing one of his first shows outside Po***ck's! Now, a few decades later, Styles will be performing at the #Po***cksFéte on the 14th August!

🎟Pre-book for free on our website here >>>> https://tinyurl.com/2k89nvub 🎪

🎤🎙📻Tune into Soho Radio tomorrow 15th July 9-10am to hear Jack talking about the upcoming Po***ck's #FitzroviaFéte! List...
14/07/2021
Home - Soho Radio

🎤🎙📻Tune into Soho Radio tomorrow 15th July 9-10am to hear Jack talking about the upcoming Po***ck's #FitzroviaFéte! Listen here-

https://sohoradiolondon.com/

🍧🍭🤸🤸‍♀🤸🏿‍♂️The Féte is taking place on the streets around the Museum (Scala and Whitfield St) on the 14th August 12-5pm and you can pre-book for free on our website at https://www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/pollock-s-fitrovia-fete🎊

Soho Radio is an online radio station broadcasting live from Soho and New York to the world, featuring two channels: Soho & NYC + Culture.

🥁🎊Need something to look forward to? You can now pre-book the Po***ck's #FitzroviaFéte for free on our website -https://...
12/07/2021

🥁🎊Need something to look forward to? You can now pre-book the Po***ck's #FitzroviaFéte for free on our website -

https://www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/pollock-s-fitrovia-fete

Workshops, local stalls and performances are lined up for a day of smiles and play! 🎉🎈

🥁🎊Need something to look forward to? You can now pre-book the Po***ck's #FitzroviaFéte for free on our website -

https://www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/pollock-s-fitrovia-fete

Workshops, local stalls and performances are lined up for a day of smiles and play! 🎉🎈

Photos from Kate Thompson - Author's post
06/06/2021

Photos from Kate Thompson - Author's post

Happy Sunday Folks! We’re in #YOUMagSocial in the #DailyMailUK. There can be a lot of bad news in the papers but lovely ...
06/06/2021
Po***ck's Toy Museum: The museum of childhood dreams - YOU Magazine

Happy Sunday Folks! We’re in #YOUMagSocial in the #DailyMailUK. There can be a lot of bad news in the papers but lovely to see something wholesome and supportive today 🌞Thank you Kate for being a wonderful journalist. The article touches on some key objects in our collection as well as some wonderful anecdotes about museum founder, Marguerite Fawdry, all in an interview with her great grandson, Jack!

Read it here and let us know what you think: you.co.uk/pollocks-toy-m…

YOU unravels how Po***ck's Toy Museum survived wartime bombs, has inspired classic literature and, these days, terrifies tourists.

Hello all! Are you our neighbour, local business or worker in #Fitzrovia? We’ve been granted a road closure on Scala St ...
05/06/2021

Hello all! Are you our neighbour, local business or worker in #Fitzrovia?

We’ve been granted a road closure on Scala St & Whitfield St for a Po***ck’s Fete on Saturday 14th August! Free & open to all!

Toy theatre shows, Pearly Kings & Queens & workshops are being planned.

If you have any concerns, thoughts or ideas about the road closures let us know. Or if you’d like to help steward the event or have an idea for a stall/workshop we’d also like to chat!

Contact us by emailing [email protected] or pop in to see Jack or Emily at the Museum any time between Monday-Saturday 10-5pm x

Morning! Happy Bank Holiday weekend all. A visitor just came in and said “It’s very Parisian in here!” so if you’re feel...
29/05/2021

Morning! Happy Bank Holiday weekend all. A visitor just came in and said “It’s very Parisian in here!” so if you’re feeling low about not getting abroad this #halfterm come & visit the museum instead! We don’t have baguettes but we DO have mini figures made of bread from Ecuador! Yum! 🥖🥐

Our opening times this bank holiday and half term are:

Today 10-5pm

Tues-Sat 10-5pm

Pre-book at pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/your-visit

Morning! Happy Bank Holiday weekend all. A visitor just came in and said “It’s very Parisian in here!” so if you’re feeling low about not getting abroad this #halfterm come & visit the museum instead! We don’t have baguettes but we DO have mini figures made of bread from Ecuador! Yum! 🥖🥐

Our opening times this bank holiday and half term are:

Today 10-5pm

Tues-Sat 10-5pm

Pre-book at pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/your-visit

Morning everyone! We are reopening today!  Book your tickets at www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk. Walk ups will be fine too 🚶...
17/05/2021

Morning everyone! We are reopening today! Book your tickets at www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk. Walk ups will be fine too 🚶🏿🚶🏻‍♂️🚶🏾‍♀️Open 10-5 all week except Sunday. Who are you going to be hugging today? These teddies have already started!

Hello everyone. We're getting ready to reopen next Monday 17th May doing lots of jobs around the museum to welcome you b...
11/05/2021

Hello everyone. We're getting ready to reopen next Monday 17th May doing lots of jobs around the museum to welcome you back 🎊 Over the next week we'll be sharing what jobs we're up to on the Po***ck's Toy Museum Group but here's a peak of our week in pics-

⚒🧽We've hired a tower to redo our windows and window mural!
✏️Artist and Illustrator Nina Goodyer is busy developing an activity sheet for our younger visitors!
🎭🩰 Our online shop has some newly printed toy theatres available to buy and they'll be available in our on site toy shop too: https://www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/toyshop

AND last but not least....

🎫🎟 We've got our new online booking system ready for you to pre book: https://www.pollockstoymuseum.co.uk/your-visit

Address

1 Scala Street
London
W1T 2HL

Nearest Tube Station is Goodge Street on the Nothern Line

General information

We are normally closed on Bank Holidays.

Telephone

0207-636 3452

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Po***ck's Toy Museum is located in the West End of London it contains a unique collection of antique toys.Including dolls, teddy bears, trains, cars, tin toys, puppets, toy theatres, dolls houses and much more. The Po***ck's Toy Museum was set up as a privately owned museum in the 1950’s by Marguerite Fawdry. The museum has always been owned by the Fawdry family. A charitable trust was formed by Marguerite Fawdry in the 1960’s to oversee the running of the museum.

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Sketchbooks available now on my Instagram page. All proceeds to the crowdfunding for Po***cks. Suggested minimum donation £20. @starsmeadbookbinding.
i have just sent you an email thank you for your help From Ryan
my name is Ryan Claridge i was just wondering if you can help me please thank you i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address and page to contact the the official events and management company who are promoting directing and producing ’Benjamin Po***ck's Toyshop also please can you tell me just out of curiosity the website addresses official email addresses and pages to contact the show website of Benjamin Po***ck's Toyshop also please can you tell me just out of curiosity When will the full list of 2020 and 2021 shows and events for Benjamin Po***ck's Toyshop be ready and released also what shows and events will Benjamin Po***ck's Toyshop take part in throughout 2020 and 2021 AnAny way you can help answer my questions regarding these queries please would be very much appreciated please thank you from Ryan claridge
my name is Ryan Claridge i was just wondering if you can help me please thank you i was just wondering please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address and page to contact the the official events and management company who are promoting directing and producing ’Benjamin Po***ck's Toyshop also please can you tell me just out of curiosity the website addresses official email addresses and pages to contact the show website of Benjamin Po***ck's Toyshop also please can you tell me just out of curiosity When will the full list of 2020 and 2021 shows and events for Benjamin Po***ck's Toyshop be ready and released also what shows and events will Benjamin Po***ck's Toyshop take part in throughout 2020 and 2021 also plus please can you tell me just out of curiosity the official email address and page to contact the the official events and management company who are promoting directing and producing ’Po***ck's Toy Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity the website addresses official email addresses and pages to contact the show website of Po***ck's Toy Museum also please can you tell me just out of curiosity When will the full list of 2020 and 2021 shows and events for Po***ck's Toy Museum be ready and released also what shows and events will Po***ck's Toy Museum take part in throughout 2020 and 2021 Any way you can help answer my question regarding this query would be very much appreciated please thank you from Ryan claridge
It's a unique place with so much to see and so much history. It's my family history too (Benjamin was my great grandfather) and we have donated personal family items to the museum as they treasure every thing there. Well worth a visit and such nise people too.
Dear madam, sir, We have these wooden figures in our family (they were at least my great-grandmothers, maybe even older) and my mother remembers that you have or had similar items in your collection. Could you tell me what these figures are and what they are used for? Thank you so mutch.
Po***cks inspired toy display !!!!